Benjamin Edwin Minns
Benjamin Edwin Minns

Benjamin Edwin Minns

Benjamin Edwin Minns was an Australian artist, recognised as one of Australia's foremost watercolourists. Minns was born in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia and had lessons in painting and drawing at Inverell, New South Wales.

Born: November 17, 1863 (age 149)
Died: 1937

Benjamin Edwin Minns (17 November 1863 – 21 February 1937) was an Australian artist, recognised as one of Australia's foremost watercolourists.

Benjamin Edwin Minns (1863-1937), watercolourist and black-and-white artist, was born on 17 November 1863 near Dungog, New South Wales, son of Irish-born Bridget Murray, aged 17, who in 1869 married George Minns, farmer. He spent his early years at Inverell, where he had lessons in painting and drawing. At 17, intended for a career in law, Minns went to Sydney and entered the offices of (Sir J. P.) Abbott & Allen. However, he met Charles Conder with whom for a time he shared a studio. He studied at Sydney Technical College under Lucien Henry, joined A. J. Daplyn's life class of the Art Society of New South Wales, and had lessons from Julian Ashton, an accomplished plein air painter. He joined the society's Sketch Club with Ashton, Phil May and Nerli.